The Best Birthday Gifts for Kids (Ages 6-10) in 2022
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Are you searching for cool birthday gifts for kids ages 6 through 10? These perfect gift ideas are sure to please. You'll find toys for budding writers, scientists, artists, creative thinkers, or musicians. Six to ten-year-old children are filled with energy, creativity, and curiosity. These birthday gift ideas will inspire kids to have fun and dream big throughout these precious developmental years.
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Our Top Picks
- The Best Gift Under $30: Activ Life LED Bike Wheel Lights on Amazon
- The Best Gift Under $50: IlluStory Make Your Own Story Kit on Amazon
- The Best Gift for $50 to $100: KidzLane Dance Mat on Amazon
- The Best Gift for $100: Pop-A-Shot Official Home Dual Shot Basketball Arcade Game on Amazon
- The Best Subscription Box: Bitsbox Coding Subscription Box for Kids on Amazon
- The Best Gift for the Future Youtube Star: Video Camera Camcorder Digital YouTube Vlogging Camera on Amazon
- The Best Gift for the Kid Who Believes in Magic: Harry Potter Complete Book Series Special Edition Boxed Set on Amazon
- The Best Gift for the Young Builder: LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Express 75955 Toy Train Building Set on Amazon
- The Best Gift for Kids Who Love to Strategize: Blokus Board Game on Amazon
- The Best Gift for the Budding Musician: I Can Play Guitar System on Amazon
- The Best Gift for Techie Kids: Hand-Operated Drone for Kids on Amazon
- The Best Gift for Kids Who Love Fidgets: R.Y.TOYS Fidget Toy Magic Cube on Amazon
- The Best Gift for Animal Lovers: Skillmatics Card Game: Guess in 10 Animal Planet on Amazon
- The Best Gift for the Whole Family: Squad Hero Rechargeable Laser Tag on Amazon
- The Best Gift for the Star Wars Fan: LEGO Star Wars Luke Skywalker’s X-Wing Fighter on Amazon
- The Best Gift for Future Engineers: Marble Genius Marble Run Super Set on Amazon
What to Consider When Purchasing Gifts for Kids Ages 6-10
Consider how your favorite 6 to 10-year-old are spending their time. Do they love playing sports, making music, or inventing things?
Consider where your loved one is developmentally. Do they immerse themselves in imaginative play, or do they prefer ways to connect and play with other kids?
How are their peers influencing them?
Is your nine-year-old into what’s trending with friends, or would he be more appreciative of a unique gift?
How We Chose Our Favorites
We consulted with experts, parents, and, most importantly, real kids to get the lowdown on the best gifts for six- to ten-year-olds. We also tapped into these experts' advice to determine which brands were best and readily available on Amazon.
These bike lights are a perfect kids’ gift for those 6 to 10-year-olds that love to be active. Parents love that the lights enhance safety once the sun goes down. This gift helps take light-up bike riding to a whole new level.
“My daughter just learned to ride a bike, and I wanted to make sure she was safe and could be seen. She absolutely loves them!”
If your little ones love to play with fidgets and sensory toys, this is the perfect gift. It can work as stocking stuffers or birthday gifts, and the different colors are bright and engaging. The Magic Cube works on problem solving and fine motor skills and appeals to both 5-year-olds and 10-year-olds.
“My son loves puzzles; this is a new twist on the Rubik’s cubes he has. It’s great for fidgeting kids; we bring it for car rides often.”
“The fact that this is sensory (tactile) and requires concentration (thus acting as a distraction from distressing thoughts) makes it so useful for anxiety sufferers! My teen loves it.”
Parents love that this strategy board game helps develop logic and spatial perception while teaching kids tactical skills. This is an award-winning game for good reason. Kids will love that it makes family game night much more exciting!
“As other reviewers have noted, this is an excellent game. It was new to me and my 6-yr-old, and we both learned it quickly. There are layers and layers of strategy, and it teaches so many skills related to visual/spatial acuity, math, and strategy, all within a really enjoyable game. I definitely recommend it. It's engaging for kids and parents alike in this household.”
These drones make great gifts for kids who love to learn about how things work and for those kids that dream of flying. Also, since these are hand-operated, it’s an excellent choice for kids who might find a remote control to be a bit tricky.
“We have been searching for the perfect drone for our kids (3, 5, 8), and this is it! My 3-year-old son loves this and can control it by himself, which gives him such pride and excitement. All three can play with this together by passing it back and forth. It is durable and can crash into stuff and come back up fine. It is so good I'm considering getting a couple more.”
If your child loves music, but you’re not ready to give them a phone to play music, this is a perfect stepping stone. Your child can use it with headphones or the built-in speaker, and the voice recorder is a super fun option for budding singers too.
“I got this for my niece for a birthday present, and she loves it! It's easy for her to use, and I love the old-school games that are loaded on it. It's smaller than it looks in the picture, so it fits easily into her hands (she is 5), and it is very lightweight. We were able to easily load some Moana and Trolls songs onto it so she is in heaven and her parents are thrilled they don't have to hear the kid’s music as much!”
If your child loves everything about animals, this fun card game is the perfect way to help them learn more and to test their knowledge. While this is a kid-friendly game, adults will enjoy it too and likely learn something new as well!
“My 10-year-old son loves reading the National Geographic and learning about animals, so I thought I would get this game to play at home during the pandemic. From the first card, it became a giant hit with him! The game is super easy to learn (sort of like 20 Questions) and is fun for adults too. We played it via FaceTime with his grandparents, and it was a blast! Highly recommended!!!!”
A subscription box or a gift card to be used on a subscription box service is an excellent way to give a gift that keeps on giving. This coding box subscription will be exciting for little scientists, kids who enjoy STEM activities, and kids who love to play video games.
“Purchased the first subscription box for my 9-year-old son. So far, it seems I finally found something he can get passionate about! He was able to navigate and create an account on his own and has the desire to hop on every day to work on his next project. Will definitely continue the subscription so far.”
Now your child can write and illustrate his very own professionally typeset, hardbound book! So if you have an imaginative child who dreams of writing their own storybook, this is a perfect way to get them started.
“My Granddaughter is very pleased with the product. She is 9 and loves writing stories. This has the added bonus that she can publish them herself.”
If your child dreams of being a rock star, this is a really fun way to have them learn guitar. The best part is that it will feel like a game to them as they learn fundamental music skills.
“My 7 yr old daughter enjoys playing it a lot and has already learned a little how to play! Overall this is a good product.”
If your child loves Star Wars and LEGOS, you can’t go wrong with this X-wing Fighter and accompanying Star Wars Characters. They can engage in pretend-play and develop problem-solving skills and fine motor dexterity as they build the fighter plane. LEGOs are the ultimate STEM toy and are an activity that parents and children can do together.
“I've never been able to spend a lot of money on Lego. This was for my son, and he loved it. I liked how there were a lot of stickers, so it makes the feeling of the x-wing more real. It is also very sturdy and doesn't fall apart. There is one part where it is a little hard to assemble. I think it could be a little cheaper, but I know that x-wings are expensive. All round, a good set, and I recommend it!”
If you have a budding engineer and are looking for something other than building blocks, a marble run is the way to go! This wonderful 150 piece set provides an excellent starting point and can be added on to at any time with additional Christmas gifts, holiday gifts, or birthdays. Marble runs make a great rainy day activity, and if your child enjoys building and creating, they are sure to love it.
“This has been the best toy purchase for our kids. They love it!!
We often sit as a family and build this together; it keeps us all entertained!
Super easy-to-follow instructions, the app is amazing and has so many builds to try, and even our 2-year-old gets to help and play with it too.”
“Our 5-year-old son is loving learning how to build his own mazes, and it’s helping him sit still for longer while he concentrates.”
Keeping kids active is more challenging than ever these days. Kiddos today love their electronics, and it can be difficult to peel them away, so why not play to that interest with an interactive dress mat? The mat uses Bluetooth technology so your kids can sync their favorite music.
“Watching TV or movies after getting home at night gets boring. This dance pad has really brought us all closer. We have fun and we get to choose our own music. Great for downtime and it's great to get a quick exercise in for all ages.”
Kids of all ages interested in making movies or being the next YouTube star or vlogger will love this video camera. Tweens who love social media will be recording the next hot Youtube show in no time.
“It's a great camera/camcorder for those YouTube stars in your family. The sound quality is outstanding, and the quality of the picture is fantastic. This camera/camcorder is great for new beginners because it's truly user-friendly. If you're looking for a great video camera for a great price, I'm sure your future YouTube star will appreciate it.”
This is a classic gift that never gets old. Kids who love to read and believe in Disney or Harry Potter magic will appreciate this keepsake book set and collectible.
“I love this box set so much. The cover art for each book is beautiful. Plus, I can easily put them in my bags and not have to worry about either book weighing down my bag. Also, the price is totally worth it.”
LEGO sets always make great gifts for this age range, and the Harry Potter sets are particularly popular. This playset makes the Hogwarts Express come alive.
“Most importantly my children loved building this (they are avid Harry Potter fans) LEGO set and chose to work on this over screen time! We will be purchasing more Harry Potter-themed Legos in the future.”
This tabletop game features electronic lights and sounds and an announcer's voice that talks kids through three fast-sliding game modes. This is an excellent choice for kids who love games and want to play alone or with a friend.
“Gave this gift to my grandson, who is not a laid-back kind of kid. He loves action, and he loves and plays ice hockey and is great at it. I bought this because it said it has similarities to a hockey game, and I liked the idea that he has to follow the commands given as far as which colored "puck" to try to get to the goal - it can sense if you've used the wrong colored puck and lets you know. From the minute he took it out of the box, he just wouldn't put it down -- always asking to do it just one more time.”
This easel is a perfect gift for any budding artist or DIY kind of kid. Children can use the easel to paint the sunset outside or create art in their bedroom. It will make the list of any classic toy gift guide.
“I love how sturdy this is, my daughter got this for Christmas, and she has spent hours painting and using the chalkboard. The paint comes easily off the dry erase side. I also really like how easy it is to adjust the height of the boards; you can adjust the height while the other side is being drawn on.”
Kids can take a fascinating peek at the world around them with the EyeClops Bionic Eye. This handheld bionic eye allows kids to view virtually any item at 200 times its normal size on any TV screen! This is definitely on the list for one of the best toys for a budding scientist.
“This was the favorite toy at our place this Christmas. It was purchased for a 6YO cousin, but all the kids (and adults!) were clamoring over it. It was so easy to use - take it out of the box, fill it with batteries, and plug it into the TV!”
This game is so much fun for sports fanatics! It also helps develop basketball skills and hand-eye coordination indoors in an exciting way for the whole family. It’s also a hit for kids who love to entertain and have friends over.
“This is our second home basketball arcade unit, and I'm sure this one will last infinitely longer than our last. It's very sturdy, and the quality is great! We have 3 boys and their many friends running through the house, and 6 months later, it looks good as new and still keeps them entertained for some time! A great purchase.”
This giant dollhouse lends itself to hours of imaginative play. It has everything a child needs to get lost in a make-believe world.
“This is an amazing dollhouse! It is made of sturdy wood, as is the really cute furniture. This will last through many years of play. The house is really big!”
Consider the Squad Hero Rechargeable Laser Tag if your family is active and loves to play together. It is ideal for 8-year-olds and up, so it is perfect if you have kids and teens. You can add additional sets for more than 4-players. No batteries are required as the pieces are rechargeable, so while there may be a hefty price tag upfront, you won’t spend a fortune on batteries. This is a great game to play outside in the evening since the pieces light up and will glow in the dark.
“This is AWESOME!! Hours of family/friend fun! We have an acreage, and it is such great exercise. Easy to use, even for the younger kids. Batteries seem to last quite long before needing a charge. I wish that there was a target on the back as well, so when they are running, you can still hit a target. But that is my only thought. We highly recommend this! Definitely worth the money, and gets everyone’s butts off the couch.”
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L. Elizabeth Forry, Preschool Lead
About L. Elizabeth Forry
L. Elizabeth Forry is an Early Childhood Educator with 15 years of classroom experience.